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Feb 03rd
Home Sections Politics Two Fil-Am Candidates Vie for Council Seats in Daly City
Two Fil-Am Candidates Vie for Council Seats in Daly City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joseph G. Lariosa & Ronnie M. Estrada   
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:57


By Joseph G. Lariosa & Ronnie M. Estrada

(Journal Group Link International)


S ANTA CLARA, California (jGLi) – A third of the 36,111 voters of Daly City, a suburb of San Francisco, California, is Filipino American. At least two Filipino Americans want to occupy two of the three open seats for council members during the general elections on Nov. 2nd.


The Filipino American newcomer in city’s politics is Ms. Dorie Cachula Paniza, a businesswoman and long-time resident of the city. She wants to join incumbent Mayor Miguel “Mike” P. Guingona, another Filipino American, who is running for re-election for a council seat so he can reclaim the mayorship.


Under the set-up in Daly City, the five elected council members appoint from among themselves the Mayor and Vice Mayor of the city. Two of the incumbent council members were elected two years ago and their four-year term of office will be up in 2012. The three incumbent council members will be completing their fourth year of office this year. They will have to run for re-election on Nov. 2nd if they want to keep their seats.


Ms. Paniza, who turned 48 last 9/11, has a degree in administration and an Associate degree in Science from the University of San Agustin in the Philippines and a Dentistry degree from Centro Escolar University. She is also the owner and CEO of Daly Physical Therapy and a chain of Araville Residential Care Homes in San Francisco and South San Francisco.


Ms. Paniza campaigned among the Filipino-American voters who trooped to the “One Kapamilya Go!” Show at the Great America in Santa Clara last Sunday (Sept. 12). She told this reporter in a phone interview that if elected to the $18,000-a-year post, she would like to introduce better health-care services; increased employment opportunities, improved educational prospects, enhanced elderly care and round-the-clock youth program and affordable housing.


Ms. Paniza also told field reporter, Ronnie M. Estrada, who was on hand to interview her, that she will tackle “social and economic issues” that affect the day-to-day activities. “These are issues that adversely affect a vast majority of us in the community that needs to be addressed.”


W hen reminded by Mr. Estrada that the $5-prepaid phone card that she is giving away to prospective employees could spell trouble for her for violating election laws, Ms. Paniza said, “before I ran for council member, I was already giving away $5-prepaid phone cards to my clients and people in the neighborhood, why will they question me this time?”


When reached for comment, a Daly City Clerk employee told this writer that anytime a candidate spends a minimum of $100 during the campaign, he or she will need to report it by filling up an election form, disclosing the name of the donor or the source of the election expenses.


Ms. Paniza said she already won endorsements of State Commissioner Ray Satorre, San Mateo County Commissioner Ademan Angeles, San Mateo County Commissioner Fel Amistad, Beauty Impresario Ferdie Villar, LUZVIMIN President Rey Reyes, Buri-Buri FilAm Sr. Association President Moring Macalinao, Alex Ago, President of Daly City Motorcycle Association and FILCA President Juliet Pimentel.


A native of Passi, Iloilo, Ms. Paniza hopes to become the first Filipina to be elected council member of Daly City. Voters and supporters may visit her website:


Also campaigning at the well-attended star-studded promotional event of ABS-CBN/TFC was former Mayor Joe Estevez, who is running to recapture his old mayoral seat in suburban Milpitas.


The sun-drenched fans estimated at 12,000 watched the performers from Manila composed of noontime TV show – “Showtime” led by Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Angelica Panganiban, Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Pooh, Bugoy, Jovit Baldovino, Jabbawockees, Michael Copon, among others. # # #


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